August 2, 2019 – According to Jens Erik Gould, a reporter with the Santa Fe New Mexican, most asylum-seekers at the border will not qualify. Yet migrants still stream through the border, as the Trump administration crafts a deal with Guatemala to first handle asylees passing through that Central American country from nearby El Salvador and Honduras. Gene Grant and The Line look at border-issue updates.
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dan Foley, former state representative
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management
For Further Reading:
Santa Fe New Mexican migrant series by reporter Jens Erik Gould
July 5, 2019 – The migrant crisis facing New Mexico and the nation has a number of causes and origins. One of them is a history of devastating civil wars in Central America throughout the 1980s. Todd Greentree knows all about that history, serving as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador during the Reagan administration. He also served in Angola and other conflict zones, and currently serves as a Brigade Political Advisor in Afghanistan. Greentree is author of the book “Crossroads of Intervention: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Lessons from Central America.” He sat down recently with NMiF Correspondent Russell Contreras to talk about that turbulent history and what it means for solving the current migrant crisis.
Todd Greentree, National Security Advisor and Former Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador